“I have a list of questions that my mom answered,” Santiago said.“If she answers them right I”ll go out with her again.” Santiago said it is something he always does, because he wants to find a girl like his mom. Every girl that has passed Santiago”s test has become a really good friend before they start dating.Due to the many factors such as Latter-day Saint beliefs and University encouragement, "old-fashioned" courtship and marriage are very important aspects of BYU's social scene.Dating is a common activity at Brigham Young University.Angie Phillips, 21, a junior from Tahlequah, Okla., majoring in audiology and speech language pathology, said her rule is to tell someone if you do not want to date them.“If you just tell them how you feel then nobody gets hurt and you don”t have to waste time,” Phillips said.
To many, BYU is viewed as a "meat market," a hotbed for Mormon dating and marriage.Phillips said it is best not to waste time, money and emotional energy on a relationship that is not going anywhere.Mike Santiago, 22, a junior from Laguna Niguel, Calif., majoring in English said he has only one rule when dating.The school is privately owned by the church and aims to create an atmosphere in which secular and religious principles are taught in the same classroom.
BYU is considered by many Latter-day Saints to be "The Lord's University".
By Audrey Roach Dating rules at BYU are as diversified as the students.